Reminder to taxi drivers after spate of theft from vehicles

12 Jun 2017 10:00 AM

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Northumbria Police have issued a stark reminder to taxi drivers after a number of drivers had valuables stolen from their vehicles - despite repeated warnings from police.

In the past two days there have been three separate reports of thefts from taxis' left unattended in Elswick and Arthur's Hill in the West End of Newcastle.

Police believe the vehicles are being targeted by opportunist thieves and want to remind taxi drivers to be vigilant and not to leave valuables on display.

Officers are carrying out regular patrols in both areas but they are urging drivers to heed police advice and to make sure they do not make themselves easy targets for thieves.

Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Davison said: "These thieves are opportunist and are taking advantage of taxi drivers leaving their vehicle unlocked, often with valuable items inside.

"We want people to get into the habit of locking their vehicle when they leave it unattended, even if it is only for a few moments, it takes a matter of seconds to do and to double check it is locked but could potentially prevent them from being a victim of crime.

“This is not the first time we have issued this kind of crime prevention message and we would urge taxi drivers not to advertise their belongings to thieves.

"We do have extra officers in the area but I also want to ask members of the public to help us, if they see anyone acting suspiciously then we want to know.

"They could be trying car doors or peering in through car windows, whatever it is we want to know so we can check it out."

To report information to police ring 101 quoting log 637 09/06/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Further crime prevention advice is available on the Northumbria Police website